A simple photo could save your child's life.

Is your pediatrican using an ophthalmoscope?

 

 

 

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Joseph Hollander Bergsma

July 5, 1997 - December 22, 2000

 

"I realized the last few days of Joey's life that he was to be the last child to die needlessly to this disease. Joey was and continues to be a gift of light and life to other children."

-Pam Bergsma, (Joey's Grandma)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

IN ORDER TO PREVENT NEEDLESS BLINDNESS AND DEATH OF OUR CHILDREN

 

1. You can take a picture of a tumor, cataract, and other eye diseases.

2. The ophthalmoscope needs to be used at every exam in a darkened room.

3. An infant needs an eye dilation exam in order for the ophthalmoscope to see the retina. Watch an eye dilation exam NOW.

 

Joey's Message

My beloved grandson, Joseph Hollander Bergsma, died needlessly from metastatic retinoblastoma on December 22, 2000. Joey was three years old. Awareness would have saved his life.


I was taking pictures of the tumor reflecting the light and did not know it.

These pictures would have saved his vision and his life.


More importantly, if an ophthalmoscope would have been used in a darkened room to screen his eyes at his 15 month or 18 month well-baby exam…Joey would be alive. Joey's journey was short, but his message is powerful. The last year of his life was a miracle. We were at Sloan Kettering in Manhattan for 8 months and the Burzynski Clinic in Houston for over 2 months. The last ten days of his life we were at home in Florida. Joey died in his house where he wanted to be. Everyday was a gift and I thought he was to be the first child to survive this disease. Through his death I realized the miracle was; Joey is to be the last child to die needlessly from it.